Communities of Practice and Vintage Innovation

A Strategic Reaction to Technological Change

  • Francesco Schiavone

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Business book series (BRIEFSBUSINESS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 1-23
  3. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 25-49
  4. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 51-69
  5. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 71-88
  6. Francesco Schiavone
    Pages 89-106

About this book


This book focuses on the notion of “vintage innovation” and its application in various old technology-based communities of practice. Some communities of practice resist and react to technological change by adopting new technological products (“vintage products”) that extend the lifetime of their old, favored products and practices. There are a number of potential reasons for such strategic reactions, which are analyzed by the author. The book opens by reviewing the nature of technological change. Old technology-based communities of practice and their typical reactions to technological change are then discussed, and the concept of vintage innovation, introduced and explained. The book presents four case studies of communities of users in which vintage innovation emerged: analog photographers, radio amateurs, arcade videogame players, and disc jockeys.​


communities of practice innovation management marketing of innovation technological change vintage innovation

Authors and affiliations

  • Francesco Schiavone
    • 1
  1. 1.University ParthenopeNaplesItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01901-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01902-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5482
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5490
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